It is not yet entirely clear for me if the US new sanctions on Russia, the Nord Stream 2 project, and all the ensuing spats between Europeans and Americans, are about gas, defense & foreign policy, or about a larger autonomy of the Europeans, not entirely approved by the US. Somehow paradoxically, the Western Europeans…… Continue reading The Foreign Policy of Gas
Mike Pence, US VP, is active touring the Russian periphery : first in Estonia he promised Patriot missiles for the Baltic countries, then in Georgia where he supported country’s NATO membership, and finally went to Montenegro, whose NATO entry Russia strongly opposed. More trouble in view with Russia ?
Well, it depends on the eye of the beholder : when its former East European satellites are always wary of Russian ambitions, most notably the Baltic countries, while the Germans have no problems in buying its gas through direct pipelines nonetheless, the Americans are using the economic sanctions to get Russia out of the European game.…… Continue reading Is Russia a Threat ?
Nord Stream 2 cannot but increase distrust of Central Europe countries toward Germany at a time when the former are already on a collision course with European values. Europe worked well as long as at least some part of the national self-interest was put aside in order to promote the larger European interest, but that…… Continue reading Nord Stream 2 : Germany gain, Europe pain
China and Russia opposed G20 efforts on human smuggling : some interest involved or just usual bocking position ?
Russia and China are united by their distrust toward the West, but they don’t have much else in common in order to forging a positive alliance. We are apparently living in a more and more multipolar world with variable, interest-driven and sometimes unexpected alignments.
The Germans and Merkel were afraid of the confrontation with Trump at the G20. Now, they are afraid that the Summit in Warsaw and the two-hour Trump Putin meeting may be the first steps of an Europe disunited by efforts from Washington, Moscow and Beijing.